BATAVIA — Genesee County officials are urging residents – especially young people – to get vaccinated and remain vigilant as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the four-county GLOW region.
“It’s important that residents in these age groups get vaccinated as they are currently comprising a higher percentage of our current infection rates,” said Genesee County Public Health Director Paul Pettit. “These age groups also are more socially active and as we begin to see restrictions on gatherings becoming more relaxed, the likelihood that infection rates among these age groups will continue to increase. That is why we must continue to be vigilant in preventing the spread by wearing a mask, adhering to social distancing and practicing good hygiene.”
Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez said it was also young people – 19 to 24 year olds in the county’s case – that were currently seeing the highest rates of infection.
The announcement came as the number of active COVID-19 cases in the GLOW region increased by one to 253 on Thursday. A total of 69 new cases were reported and 63 recoveries.
The COVID-19 vaccine supply is increasing in the region. Genesee County officials reminded area residents that the Pfizer vaccine is currently the only shot authorized for those as young as 16 years old. The Moderna vaccine is only approved for use in those 18 and older.
Recipients younger than 18 also need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The recent expansion in vaccine eligibility to those 16 and older, which began this week, and last week’s opening of eligibility to those 30 and older, has been “an extremely positive development,” Genesee County Legislature Chair Rochelle Stein said in a news release, “as it means we are starting to see a steady supply of the vaccine.”
“The county is going to be utilizing various ways to get the word out to these age groups about the importance of getting vaccinated, including our social media channels,” Stein said. “We also encourage parents and guardians and others in the community to not only get their vaccination, but also encourage those in these younger age groups to get their shots.”
To see a list of vaccination clinics and availabilities in Genesee and Orleans Counties visit http://bit.ly/GOHealthVaccine.
The Livingston County Health Department maintains vaccine information, including its clinic schedule at https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1233/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information.
The Wyoming County Health Department has vaccine information at https://www.wyomingco.net/595/COVID-19.
Here’s a county-by-county look at the data:
Genesee County on Thursday reported 24 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 4,782 cases since the pandemic arrived in the region in March.
The new cases include people under the age of 20 and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. They include people in the county’s central and western regions.
The county also reported 27 new recoveries, bringing its total to 4,182.
In Genesee County, 18,836 residents, or 32.8 percent of county residents, have received at least one vaccine dose; 11,634 residents have completed the vaccine series, according to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker.
Of the 84 active cases, eight are hospitalized.
New York state is reporting a total of 121 COVID-19-related deaths in Genesee County.
There have been 117,859 total tests for the virus conducted in Genesee County. The results include 113,077 negative tests for an infection rate among those tested of 4.06 percent.
The county’s seven-day rolling average of positive cases was 3.3 percent.
Orleans County reported 17 new positive cases for a total of 2,639 since the pandemic began.
The individuals are under the age of 20 and in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. They include people in the county’s central, eastern and western region. One of the new positive individuals was on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
One of the new positive individuals is an inmate at the Orleans Correctional Facility, and four are inmates at the Albion Correctional Facility.
The county reported 10 new recoveries for a total of 2,200.
In Orleans County, 10,414 residents, or 25.6 percent of county residents, have received at least one vaccine dose; 6,420 residents have completed the vaccine series, according to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker.
Among the 60 active cases in Orleans County, four are hospitalized, according to county health officials.
The state is reporting Orleans County has had 83 COVID-related deaths.
To date, there have been 63,638 total tests conducted for county residents, with 60,999 of them negative, for an infection rate of 4.15 percent among those tested.
The county’s seven-day rolling average of positive cases was 2.8 percent.
Wyoming County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing its overall total to 2,388 community cases since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming County Health Department.
Eight are from the northwest quadrant, which includes Attica, Bennington, Orangeville and Sheldon; three are from the southwest quadrant, which includes Arcade, Eagle, Java and Wethersfield; none are from the southeast quadrant, which includes Castile, Gainesville, Genesee Falls and Pike; and three are from the northeast quadrant, which includes Covington, Middlebury, Perry and Warsaw.
Four of the new cases are under the age of 20, one in their 30s, three in their 40s, three in their 50s, two in their 60s, and one in their 70s.
There were no new cases at state correctional facilities in Wyoming County. Those facilities have had a total of 525 cases.
The cases at state correctional facilities are managed by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and are not included in the Wyoming County total.
As of Thursday, the county had 53 active cases under mandatory isolation and 113 people in mandatory quarantine.
The number of recoveries increased by 11, bringing the county’s total to 2,285.
In Wyoming County, 11,891 residents, or 29.7 percent of county residents, have received at least one vaccine dose; 7,248 residents have completed the vaccine series, according to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker.
Wyoming County’s death total is being reported at 50 by county health officials, identical to what the state Department of Health is reporting.
To date, there have been 68,981 total tests conducted for county residents, with 66,593 of them negative, for an infection rate of 3.46 percent among those tested.
The county’s seven-day rolling average of positive cases was 4 percent.
The Livingston County Department of Public Health reported 14 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, increasing its overall total to 4,037.
Livingston County also recorded 15 new recoveries, bringing its total to 3,937.
There are 56 active cases among Livingston County residents, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map, a decrease of one from Wednesday.
There have been no hospitalizations since Feb. 24, according to county health data.
Active cases include 21 in Geneseo (down five); 10 in Avon (up one), seven in Dansville (up one); three each in Caledonia, Mount Morris (up one) and a Wayland zip code in Livingston County (up one); two each in Lima (down one), Livonia and Nunda; and single cases in Leicester, Springwater (new) and a Honeoye Falls zip code in Livingston County.
The county has reported 44 COVID-19-related deaths, according to the county tracking map. New York state has logged 58 deaths in Livingston County.
Livingston County has administered 115,020 tests for COVID-19 among county residents. The results include 110,983 negative results, according to the county’s COVID-19 tracking map. The infection rate among those tested is 3.51 percent.
The county’s seven-day rolling average of positives was 1.2 percent.
SUNY Geneseo reported 28 active cases among its college community on Thursday, representing no change from Wednesday.
Thirty-seven students were in mandatory quarantine with 38 in precautionary quarantine.
Twenty-eight students were isolating, including 23 off-campus and five on-campus.